Taking blog photos is always something that I have struggled with but I feel like lately I have been happier with my photos sessions. I found that when my photos turn out to be a little off, the most common problem is that there is a lot of open space in the shot. Adding small items that add interest and fill in the gaps is the answer to this problem - also what I call an organized mess. Here are some of my favourite things to use as props alongside some links to the items.

1. Candles // I have a  bit of an obsession with candles so I can't not use them too. They are colourful items and come in various shapes and sizes. This gold pineapple one is my fave. 

2. Flowers // It's always a good idea to add a bunch of flowers. The ones that I've been using lately are a white tulip bouquet*.

3. Plants // Cactuses (or cacti?) are my go to because they don't die on me when I forget to water them for about a month!

4. Notebooks // While they can be used to write notes in, they can also be put to use as a prop like this polka dot notebook.

5. Magazines // I use anything that happens to be at home and if I don't like the cover, I just flip through and find a page.

6. Clothing // Scarves, shirts, dresses...the list goes on.

7. Makeup Brushes // The bamboo brushes look so pretty in photos, as does this rose gold set.

8. Beauty Products // There are a lot of different items that I chuck into photos. In these I decided to use nail polish and bath salts.

9. Glitter // Pros: looks great in photos. Cons: Quite a task to clean up.

10. Makeup // Lipsticks, blushes, bronzers... I usually pick and choose according to the colour theme in the photo.

11. Coloured or patterned paper // This is great for when I feel like my photo looks a bit boring and I want to jazz it up.

12. Perfume bottles // I don't know what it is about perfume bottles but I love using them. My favourite is the Love etc bottle as I love the rose gold cap. Unfortunately it is no longer sold.

13. Plates // These are some of my favourite things to use as props. You can find a lot in different sizes and styles and are perfect for putting emphasis on a certain product.

14.Vases and pots // Great for placing in the background when it's looking a bit drab.

15. Jewellery // Anything from hoop earrings to rings to watches goes and don't be afraid to mix metals.

Would you be interested in knowing more of my photography tips? Let me know as I would love to share them.